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River cruises have been a popular endeavor for years now, and the latest crop of new river cruise ships slated for arrival in 2020 is no exception. River cruise ships big and small are debuting in North America, Europe and beyond -- and a few are even destined for some truly exotic locales.
One noticeable trend is that river cruise lines are branching out from European river cruising to more exotic, less-visited destinations, adding more or newer ships on those rivers. Two vessels (one for Tauck, one for Uniworld) are destined for Portugal's Douro River. One vessel is being refitted for the Po River in Italy. One will debut in Zimbabwe. One is coming to the Amazon.
Notably, two ships -- one for Uniworld and one for Viking -- will launch on the Nile River in Egypt, a destination that is slowly beginning to reemerge following political unrest in the country and surrounding area.
Here is the current list of river cruise ships slated to debut in 2020:
|Amadeus by Lueftner|
|Amadeus Imperial||April 2020; Rhine, Danube, Tulip||168|
|AmaSiena||July 2020; Rhine, Main, Danube||156|
|American Cruise Line|
|American Jazz||August 2020; Mississippi||190|
|American Melody||Late 2020; TBA||190|
|American Queen Steamboat Company|
|American Countess||April 2020; Mississippi||248|
|Aqua Nera||October 2020; Amazon||40|
|Avalon View||May 2020; Rhine, Danube||166|
|Zimbabwean Dream||April 2020; Zambezi||16|
|ms Andorinha||April 2020; Douro||84|
|Travelmarvel Polaris||April 2020; Rhine, Main, Danube||182|
|S.S. Sphinx||January 2020; Nile||84|
|S.S. La Venezia||March 2020; Po||130||S.S. Sao Gabriel||March 2020; Douro||100|
|Viking Osiris||January 2020; Nile||82||Viking Gersemi||March 2020; Rhine||190||Viking Hervor||March 2020; Rhine||190||Viking Fjorgyn||Spring 2020; Seine||168||Viking Kari||Spring 2020; Seine||168||Viking Radgrid||Spring 2020; Seine||168||Viking Skaga||Spring 2020; Seine||168|